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Bengals bounced by Colts

Published: Sunday, January 04, 2015 @ 2:40 PM
Updated: Sunday, January 04, 2015 @ 2:40 PM


            Sidelined players add to Bengal's demise
Sidelined players add to Bengal's demise

The Cincinnati Bengals will have to wait another year to end the longest current playoff drought in the NFL following yet another first-round loss Sunday in Indianapolis.

Playing without Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and starting tight end Jermaine Gresham, the Cincinnati offense was unable to do much of anything while Colts quarterback Andrew Luck seemingly did whatever he wanted in a 26-10 dismantling of the Bengals in an AFC Wild-Card game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

It was the fourth consecutive first-round loss for the Bengals, setting an NFL record, and the fifth in the last sixth years.

An offense that gained only 135 yards in a 27-0 loss at Indianapolis in October only managed slightly more with 254 Sunday, but the Bengals failed to score after kicker Mike Nugent gave the team a jolt of momentum heading into halftime with franchise-record 57-yard field goal.

The kick, Nugent’s career long and the second longest in NFL postseason history, got the Bengals within 13-10, and they had a chance to get even or go ahead by receiving the opening kickoff of the second half. But instead they began a stretch of three consecutive three-and-outs that gave Luck a chance to throttle the weary Cincinnati defense.

Luck was 31 of 44 for 376 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief that stretched the lead 20-10 with 7:48 left in the third quarter.

Adam Vinatieri tacked on field goals of 22 and 53 yards as part of a 4-for-4 day, and former Bengals running back Dan Herron rushed for a 2-yard touchdown as part of his 141 combined yards rushing and receiving.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 18 of 35 for 155 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Running back Jeremy Hill, who came into the game with three consecutive 100-yard games, was held to 47 yards on 13 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run that evened the game at 7-7 with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter.

The loss dropped the Bengals to 0-7 all time in road playoff games and kept them winless in the postseason since a 41-14 triumph of Houston on Jan. 6, 1991.

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis tied former Colts coach Jim Mora for the most consecutive playoff losses (six) to start a career. Lewis also tied Steve Owen for the most consecutive playoff losses with one team.

The second-half blanking followed a similar playoff script for Cincinnati, which has been outscored 84-13 in the second half of the six playoff games under Lewis.

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WWE champion wrestler Enzo Amore denies assault allegations following release from company

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:38 PM

Jan. 24 3:49 p.m.: Multiple news sources state Amore, real name Eric Arndt, was essentially fired by WWE for not telling the company police had responded to the alleged assault involving himself and a woman at a hotel in Phoenix in October. 

Arndt released a statement Tuesday denying the allegations.

Over the last two days, Philomena Sheahan has made multiple public allegations against Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore with the WWE), including allegations of sexual misconduct concerning an October 2017 incident in Phoenix. Mr. Arndt fully and unequivicoally denies these accusations. He is cooperating with the authorities in this matter and looks forward to having it resolved in a timely manner. Neither Mr. Arndt nor his counsel will be making any further public comments on this matter.

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Jan. 23

Eric Arndt, who performed under the name Enzo Amore, was released by World Wrestling Entertainment on Tuesday following allegations he raped a woman in October while in Phoenix. 

According to Joseph Currier of the Wrestling Observer, the Phoenix Police Department confirmed it had responded to a local hospital over a sexual assault that occurred on Oct. 19, 2017 at The Clarendon Hotel and Spa. 

The story came to light when Philomena Sheahan, under the Twitter account ‘missgucciwitch’, posted the details of her story on her account. She spoke to TMZ on Tuesday relaying the same details. 

Arndt was the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion, the belt for wrestlers under 205 pounds. He was considered the biggest star of WWE’s streaming show “205 Live.” He was scheduled to appear at WWE’s Royal Rumble on Sunday. He was suspended on Monday after the allegations surfaced. WWE announced via its website it had come to terms with Arndt on a contract release. 

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Bengals rookie kicker ready for the challenge

Published: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 10:54 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 11:02 PM

Jake Elliott talks about his opportunity to take over Cincy kicking job.

Marvin Lewis has never used a draft pick on a kicker in his 14 years as the boss of the Bengals, so it certainly opened some eyes when Cincinnati took Jake Elliott in the fifth round last month.

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“It’s just competition and that’s what I love about it,” Elliott said during a break at Paul Brown Stadium. “I get a chance to make a name for myself here and I can’t wait to be a Bengal.”

Elliott got his first chance at rookie minicamp over the weekend. He brings an impressive resume to Cincinnati, connecting on 81 field goals in four seasons at Memphis.

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“I think a lot of that speaks to just being mentally tough and being focused at all times, whether it’s an extra point or if I’m going out there for a 50-yard field goal,” he said.

Randy Bullock is the veteran on the Bengals roster, but he certainly didn’t lock up the job down the stretch last season. Elliott figures to have every chance to win the job heading into the 2017 season.

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Stories of WWE bullying pour onto web; include ESPN anchor who defended company

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 12:01 AM

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09:  WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon speaks during the Beyond Sport United event at Barclays Center on August 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon speaks during the Beyond Sport United event at Barclays Center on August 9, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)(Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

World Wrestling Entertainment’s bullying culture, led by alleged management enforcer, former wrestler and TV announcer John Layfield, extends 20 years according to an article by Brandon Howard of Fightful.com, the popular MMA, boxing and wrestling website. 

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Some of the quotes are sexually explicit and use foul language, and paint a picture of a company led by Vince McMahon, which allowed a hostile culture to continue that other wrestlers said doesn’t occur in contemporary companies other than WWE. 

The most surprising of quotes come from Layfield, who admits to his behavior in several instances, referring to it as hazing.

Another surprising admission came from Jonathan Coachman in a quote found by David Bixenspan of Deadspin, where the ESPN anchor said he was once left crying for 10 minutes after being “pranked" by management into thinking he was arrested. 

Layfield admits in one quote to enjoy his bullying, saying he sees it as a test of toughness and trust between wrestlers when asked if he hazed wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.

“Did I haze The Miz? Hell yeah I did,” Layfield is quoted in the article. “A lot of people want to talk about me and did I haze people? Yes. Absolutely. I make no apologies whatsoever.” 

Deadspin unearthed an interview Coachman did with BackSportsPage.com in 2014 where he said he was set up by WWE’s top management - Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Jerry Briscoe and Paul “Triple H” Levesque - to believe he was arrested for running an illegal football pool in the locker room. He said he was berated by McMahon for shaming the company for 45 minutes then driven off by police, before being being returned to the arena.

“Greatest rip in the history of the business,” Coachman said. “And for about 10 minutes I literally walked to a place in the building and started crying.” 

One quote from Brian “The Blue Meanie” Heffron said a tag match with Layfield and his partner Ron Simmons led to Heffron’s partner Duane Gill blacking out twice from the severity of the unchoreographed blows. 

Mike Bucci, who wrestled in WWE as Nova and Simon Dean said Layfield’s antics often occurred while he was drunk, and were excused as “seeing what he’s made of” when making life and work difficult for a WWE employee.

WWE and ESPN have come under fire over the last week. The controversy started over the unannounced absence of lead TV announcer Mauro Ranallo due to a bout of depression. Layfield blasted Ranallo for not being on TV while on-air and during a non-character segment on WWE’s streaming service. Ranallo’s absence timed with the publication of the book “Best Seat in the House” by former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts, who detailed harassment he took from Layfield.

ESPN began a weekly segment with WWE wrestlers a year ago, but is now canceled as of this weekend after Coachman began blasting people on Twitter who called for ESPN to cover the pro wrestling company like it would any other story. 

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Amanda Nunes spoils Ronda Rousey's comeback with quick TKO

Published: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1:22 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 1:22 AM

Amanda Nunes made short work of Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on Friday night, needing just 48 seconds to retain her mixed martial arts bantamweight title with a first-round technical knockout of the former champion.

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The 135-pound championship fight was the main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It was Rousey’s first bout since a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm in November 2015 at UFC 193, and Friday night’s fight was even more lopsided as Nunes (14-4) connected solidly with right hands to stagger Rousey (12-2).

Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 48 seconds into the first round; it was the fastest knockout finish for Nunes, nicknamed “The Lioness.”

"I'm stopping everybody like that," Nunes said, according to ESPN. "When I asked for this fight, I knew everything. I was preparing my mind, spirit, body. I know Ronda Rousey is big. They know and love Ronda Rousey, But no one is going to take this belt from me."

It was the second straight loss for Rousey, who earned $3 million for fighting Nunes. That tied the richest disclosed fight purse in MMA history, tying Conor McGregor’s payday in a non-title welterweight fight against Nate Diaz in August, ESPN reported.

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